Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m originally from Sheffield, Yorkshire, in the north of England. Nowadays, I live in London.
What made you want to be an author?
I’ve loved reading and writing since I was very young. I love writing stories, and I love the idea that someone might enjoy one of my novels as much as I enjoy my favourite books.
What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least?
There are a few things I like the best. One, those moments when the words are just flowing out of me, and I end up writing a great scene seemingly with no conscious effort. Two, reading back over something I’ve written, and thinking “actually, that’s pretty good.” And three, hearing from readers who’ve enjoyed my books. It still blows my mind to think of people I’ve never met, many of whom live on a different continent, emotionally engaging with my characters and getting caught up in my plots.
As for least, it’s probably the final stages of the editing process, when I’m going over a scene for what feels like the hundredth time.
Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?
I’ve moved from one to the other over time. I’d had the overarching plot of the Cavaliers series in mind more or less since I started writing it, but I made the details of Oxford Blood and Screaming Spires up as I went along. Ivory Terrors, on the other hand, I planned in huge detail before I wrote a word. There are definitely pros and cons to both approach, but I think I’m going to stick with heavy plotting in future.
What influences your writing? And why?
Lots of things. Books I’ve read, events in my own life, history, things in the news. I love bringing lots of different elements together to make a story.
Name one thing readers don’t know about you.
It’s not technically about me, but my fiancé went to school with Prince Harry.They didn’t like each other though!
Are love scenes easy/difficult for you to write?
Pretty easy on the whole. I don’t find them any more or less difficult than other types of scenes, though I do sometimes wonder how I can keep them interesting - there are only so many ways a character can have sex, after all! I write them quite happily, but then I always get embarrassed when I’m editing them. There’s something surreal about checking for spelling mistakes in a sex scene!
Do you have another career besides writing? What is it?
I’m a qualified lawyer and I work for the British Government. At the moment, I specialise in transport issues.
What hobbies do you enjoy when not writing?
Reading, obviously. Various sorts of exercise, including Pilates and running. Learning Italian. Singing. As you can probably tell, I like to keep myself busy, but I also just like relaxing and having fun with friends and family.
What is your writing genre?
The Cavaliers, which is the only series I’ve published so far, is somewhere between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. I love those genres, but I’m also keen to try something different in future. Any sort of fantasy/historical/futuristic novel would be fun to try.
If you could be any supernatural creature, what would it be and why?
Vampires are my absolute favourite supernatural creature, but I’m not sure I’d actually like to be one. Maybe some sort of witch or fae - something with magic powers and the ability to grant wishes to myself and others.
If you had one take away piece of advice for aspiring authors, what would it be?
It sounds like such an obvious thing to say, but my main bit of advice is simply to write. I think sometimes people worry too much about writing something perfect that they end up not writing anything at all. It’s much easier to edit something that isn’t quite right than it is to stare at a blank piece of paper, plus the more you write, the better you get at it.
Do you have any future project that we can look for?
The Cavaliers have been a massive part of my life for the last four years. I can’t quite believe I’ve finished the trilogy! I’m going to have a little break now and concentrate on preparing for my wedding, and then start something new in the autumn. I’ve got a few different ideas, two of which are sort of fantasy and one of which is historical.
Tell us more about your newest release.
My new release, Ivory Terrors, is the third and final book in The Cavaliers Series. It’s the story of an elite society at Oxford University, whose members are secretly vampires who are controlling Britain. The series focuses on Harriet French, an ordinary girl from a working-class background, who gains a place at Oxford and is thrust into a world of privilege and intrigue through her familial connections to the Cavaliers and her romantic attraction to some of the Members.
If you’ve never read any of the series, it’s a fun read for anyone who loves paranormal romance and British literature - like Downton Abbey with vampires! Start with Oxford Blood.
If you’re familiar with the Cavaliers, then Ivory Terrors is that bit darker and brings the series to a dramatic conclusion.
Where can readers find more about your stories, books, and you on the Internet?
My website is at www.georgianaderwent.com
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Buy links for your book(s)
AMAZON.CO.UK : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Georgiana-Derwent/e/B00A1PW962
Before you leave, let’s do a fast five:
Angels or Demons?
Vampires or werewolves?
Coffee or Chocolate?
Who would be cruel enough to make me choose?! If I had to pick, then coffee, but I love them both.
Early Morning or Late Night?
Late night. I am not a morning person.
E-book or Paperback?
E-book. Lighter, searchable, usually cheaper and you can download a book the moment someone mentions it to you. I don’t know how I ever lived without my Kindle, or why anyone dislikes them.
Thank you for joining us today, Georgiana. I wish you much success in your writing career.